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Egypt Soccer Riot

February 1, 2012 by staff 

Egypt Soccer Riot, Egyptian health ministry officials say at least 73 people were killed and hundreds of others injured Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in the northern city of Port Said.

Fans of the home team, al-Masry, swarmed the field after a rare win against al-Ahly, Egypt’s top team. They threw rocks, fireworks and bottles at opposing fans and players. Live television footage showed fans running onto the field and chasing al-Ahly players. The footage also showed images of a fire in the stadium.

Soon after the violence, another match in the capital, Cairo, was halted by the referee after receiving news of the violence in Port Said, a city on the Mediterranean coast.

Violence at soccer matches across North Africa has increased significantly since political unrest sweeping across the region began more than a year ago.

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